News you can use
"Black Suicide: When Prayer is Not Enough" (Ebony Wellness & Empowerment, Aug. 20, 2013)
"How A Family Copes With Schizophrenia And Suicide" (NPR, July 24, 2013)
“African-Americans, Latinos receive less adequate mental health care than Whites” (News Medical, July 22, 2013)
“Black and Blue: Annelle Primm Talks Mental Health For ‘Get Well Wednesday”’ by Annelle Primm (BlackAmericaWeb.com, July 16, 2013)
"[ENOUGH] Mental Health Disparities Endanger Chicago’s Youth: Mental health advocate Dr. Carl C. Bell speaks out as the city closes half of its mental health care facilities" (by Rod McCullum, Ebony Wellness & Empowerment, April 1, 2013)
Behind Mental Health Stigmas In Black Communities (8/20/12) NPR Talk of the Nation
Why Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Has Remained Mum about His ‘Mood Disorder’ Allison Samuels, The Daily Beast (7/12/12)
Chicago Tribune 2/5/12 Time to shatter the black suicide myth
LA Times 2/7/12 Race and mental illness: Do African Americans suffer more schizophrenia or is it bias?
BET Health 2/14/12 Commentary: An Explanation for Increased Black Schizophrenia
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Multicultural Newsroom Covers Health and Health Care Issues for African-American and Latino Communities
Black Teens, Especially Girls, at High Risk for Suicide Attempts (NIMH Science Update, 4/10/09)
NPR News and Notes Series on African American Mental Health
March 2008 series on "mental illness, racial disparities in mental health care, and perceptions and issues surrounding the topic, with a focus on African Americans"
Mental Health and African Americans resource page of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Information guide from the American Psyciatric Association
Guide comes with an accompanying DVD that features individuals of a variety of perspectives discussion of mental illness, ways mental illness can be treated and the kinds of healthcare providers who can help. View the video and find ordering information on the APA's website. Watch closely and you'll notice scenes filmed in the NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore office!
Why Should African American Churches Care about Mental Illness?
"How Health Reform Helps," focusing on African Americans, from Families USA's fact sheet series on health reform impacts on diverse communities.
Stories That Heal
A Web site featuring real-life stories and resources to promote awareness of mental health recovery and support among African Americans. This web resource is provided in the collaboration of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Ad Council and the Stay Strong Foundation, co-founded by Terrie Williams who also serves as spokesperson of this awareness campaign.
Building Bridges in Black Churches
(Featured in NAMI FaithNet) In the black community, mental illness is often stigmatized and undiagnosed. As Rose Hardy, an ordained minister in the Unity Fellowship Church, noticed, church members are comfortable standing up in services to talk about their afflictions, like HIV, and drug or alcohol addiction, but mental illness remains a hushed topic. Read about how Hardy discovered the Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality (PEWS) program and utilized it to build bridges between black churches and mental health awareness programs.